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Killing any chance for peace deal, Israel to build new settlement in Jordan Valley

Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar is to lay down the foundations of a new Israeli settlement project in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Tuesday.


The newspaper explained that this step, which comes one day after an Israeli ministerial committee approved a law to annex the Jordan Valley to Israel, is meant to reinforce the government's position that Israel's control of the occupied Jordan Valley is not subject to any peace deal that could be signed with the Palestinians.

The Israeli organisation Peace Now has reported that since the resumption of the current round of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on 30 July 2013, the Israeli government has built 3,000 illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

An additional 2,000 settlement units were also approved during the same period, making the total number of units more than 5,000.

Source: ElShaab

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